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Why Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Is a Great Martial Art for Women

One of the Best Methods of Self-defense for Women

Every few seconds, a woman in the United States is beaten and there is a one in five chance of a woman being raped in her lifetime. Learning to protect yourself or, at the very least, how to get out of a dangerous situation, is a sensible – sometimes vital – tool.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, rooted in the traditional principles of self-defense, is one of the best martial arts for women to learn. Teaching valuable self-defense skills that actually work, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a martial art using leverage, pressure and technique to enable a smaller, weaker person to defend against a larger, more powerful attacker, making it an exceptional method of defense for women, who typically have lighter bone structure and overall smaller stature than their male counterparts.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a martial art which involves managing the distance between you and your attacker. So while it will teach you to effectively knock your aggressor to the ground, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu can also provide you with the skills to get up off the ground and back on your feet so that you can escape. In fact, specialized programs for law enforcement even use techniques derived from Jiu Jitsu.

Striking martial arts such as Karate, Taekwondo and kickboxing are not as effective self-defense methods for women. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is based on practicality, making it highly effective in real life situations. Most people don’t have experience defending themselves on the ground, where 90% of one-on-one confrontations take place. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is highly focused on ground survival techniques. A grounded opponent has less explosive athletic potential than someone on his feet. Designed with fluid movements and body positioning which allow weaker opponents to take an aggressor to the ground and dominate them, Brazilian Jiu Jistu is an art of self-defense which also enables women to protect themselves without the necessity of a weapon or inflicting harm on their attacker. With Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, a woman could easily choke (often the quickest ways to end a physical confrontation) and disable her attacker.

Get in Shape

Self-defense isn’t the only benefit of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Weight loss is another great benefit of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training. Just think, unlike having to force yourself to go to the gym or on a run, with Jiu Jitsu, you can burn fat and a ton of calories while you are not even thinking about it…and while weight loss may not be your primary goal when you sign up for your Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training, shedding pounds and getting in shape is definitely a nice byproduct. You can actually burn around 700 calories in just one hour of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training!

Brazilian Jiu Jistu is also a powerful strengthening isometric exercise, building muscle tone, grip strength and working the abs, legs, arms and back. An incredible workout, the conditioning for Brazilian Jiu Jistu builds stamina and increases endurance as well as resilience. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu also facilitates heart health by lowering your resting heart rate and reducing blood pressure. In general, it helps to maintain a stronger heart and become more physically fit. Additionally, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is an excellent tool to promote body awareness, improve mobility, range of motion, balance, flexibility and good posture.

Nurture the Mind and the Soul, as Well as the Body

Participating in the level of activity that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu requires improves sleep patterns and releases endorphins in our bodies, which relieves stress and fosters positivity. The critical thinking and problem solving abilities that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu cultivates are mentally stimulating and the more you accomplish in class, the more you build self-confidence. It is remarkably rewarding to know that you can handle yourself in just about any situation. 

Research indicates that students of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu are also calmer, gain increased patience and can be more satisfied in general. It’s also just plain fun and expanding your social circle with other motivated people who have similar interests is an added bonus.

Empowering Women

Have you ever been told that you should know your place as a woman? Infuriating! You don’t have to be big and strong to master Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and gender makes absolutely no difference in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, which provides a sense of empowerment to our female students, who are role models for other women and young girls. 

Since the mid-80s, women have been gaining a stronger presence in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. In fact, Kyra Gracie is one of the women who have earned top billing in this previously male dominated sport. She has won five world championships, three ADCC championships, three Pan American championships and she continues to heighten awareness of women involved in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

A Supportive and Inclusive Environment

If you are a little nervous, don’t be. There is never a need to feel intimidated at the Ralph Gracie Mission Viejo Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy. One of the first things people notice about the Ralph Gracie Mission Viejo Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy is its friendly, welcoming environment, which embraces people of all ages, skill levels and from all walks of life. It is also never too late to start Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training. The sport, designed for students of all fitness levels, truly is for everyone.

For More Information about the Ralph Gracie Mission Viejo Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy

If you would like to learn more about this fun way to work out which teaches valuable protective skills in the process, call 949-400-7108 or email ralphgraciemv@gmail.com to ask questions, for class schedules  or to schedule a personal tour of Ralph Gracie Mission Viejo Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy at 26861 Trabuco Road #H, Mission Viejo, CA or. Plus, if you would like to give it a try so that you can be comfortable it is the right fit for you, you are also welcome to take a free class to experience Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at Ralph Gracie Mission Viejo first-hand.